Short Tips on Removals
Moving house is one of the most exciting, yet intimidating activities in a person's life. It is considered one of the three most stressful events that can happen to a person. Therefore, being prepared for it is a must. A house removal doesn't have to be a burden though. As long as you follow a few short and useful tips you will manage to go through it and have a successful relocation. Unless you are doing a DIY removal, here are the things that you mostly need to think about and sort out.
Access: When you are doing a house removal you will most probably hire a moving truck or a van, which means that everything needs to be loaded from your house into it. Therefore, the access to your house is crucial. The same applies to the access to your street. Any building works, closed roads and other problems can affect the move, slow down the process and result in you being charged more. Make sure your neighbors are informed of the relocation too, so they don't complain against the big moving truck parked right outside their door.
Lofts and attics: A moving team won't usually enter your loft or attic unless it is properly illuminated and floored. It must have a safe access if you want the movers to pick up the things from there. If that's not the case, then you should take the things out and pack or store them in a convenient place before the movers arrive.
China, Glassware, Books: You can either pack those in boxes (china and glassware need special dish boxes with dividers; books are best placed in smaller moving boxes), or you can leave them on their shelves and in cupboards for the movers to pack.
Clothing: the clothes which are on hangers can be left there, or you can purchase wardrobe boxes which have metal bars inside and are extremely useful for moving clothes. However, the usual way is to simply pack clothes in boxes or in vacuum bags if you want to save some space. Many people put clothes in bin bags and then place those in between other items inside the truck. These bags provide the necessary cushioning and thus protect the other items from shaking and breaking during the transformation.
Washing machines, Cookers, Fridges, Freezers: you should disconnect all the electric appliances, and don't try packing the big ones yourself. Leave them to the trained movers who know how to deal with these safely. Make sure all appliances are drained, cleaned and emptied.
Curtains, blinds, paintings: take all of these down before the movers arrive. Ask them for the proper way of packing paintings and other artwork.
Packing and Unpacking: If you are paying for packing services, insist on insurance for your goods. If you decide to pack yourself be extra careful as you probably won't get insurance in the case of any damage you cause.
During the removal: You are responsible for being present during the entire moving day so make sure nothing is left behind and everything goes by plan. Try to organize the members of your family so they can bot help and not stand on the way of the movers.
Furniture for disassembling: you can either disassemble wardrobes, beds, tables and sheds or ask for assistance. Make sure you keep all the screws and nails taped to the furniture to avoid losing important parts.
Follow these short and simple tips and you will manage with the house removal successfully.